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Senate Summons Attorney General over Unlawful Issuance of Executive Orders by the President

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The Senate at its plenary session on Wednesday, 11th July 2018, adopted a resolution summons the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami to appear before the Senate at plenary for a briefing session over the unlawful issuance of several Executive Orders by President Muhammadu Buhari without recourse to the National Assembly.
Presenting a motion titled ” Alarming rise in cases of Alleged Human Rights violations and consistent assault on the provisions of the Constitutions by the Executive” Sen. David Umaru(APC: Niger) expressed concerns over the incessant cases of alleged human rights violations perpetrated on citizens by agencies of government. Notably, he mentioned the continuous detention of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki despite several court orders granting him bail and the recent arrest of Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe(PDP: Abia) by personnel of the State Security Service.
Sen. Umaru informed lawmakers that the Executive had violated certain provisions of the Constitution in its course of discharging its duties. For instance, he mentioned that President Muhammadu Buhari recently enacted Executive Order No.006 which permits security agencies to freeze the assets of persons standing trial without recourse to a court order. He also noted that the decision of the President to issue such order without the authorization of the National Assembly clearly goes against the principle of separation of powers.
Sen. Umaru also drew the attention of the Senate to the President’s withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for the purchase of aircrafts from the United State Government without prior approval by the National Assembly as provided for in section 80 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)
The Senate further resolved to:
Urge Federal Government constitutes a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate all cases of human rights;
Urge the Federal Government to adhere to court orders; and
Urge the Federal Government to guarantee the protection of the rights of citizens by reviewing its security structures.

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Senate Approves Budget of Security Agencies for 2019 General Elections

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Today at the Senate received, considered and approved the Report of the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the Budget of Security Agencies for the 2019 General Elections.
The Report, which was laid by Senator Danjuma Goje, the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, was seconded by Senator Bassey Akpan, and approved by the plenary.

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Flooding: Nigerian Senate Takes Action

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Today, the Senate passed a Motion to address the recent flooding across the nation. The Motion, sponsored by Senators Kabiru Gaya and Senator Stella Oduah, and co-sponsored by 105 other Senators, called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately send relief materials to the affected victims in states across the federation.
The Senate further called on the Federal Government to convene a stakeholders meeting in collaboration with the Cameroonian Government to scrutinise the recurrent flooding in the country, in order to develop lasting solutions to the problem.
The Senate also urged the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to rehabilitate existing fans and dredge the major rivers to be able to take in flood waters.
The resolution further commended NEMA, the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief (PCFR) and other relevant agencies, organizations and individuals whose efforts in creating awareness have led to reductions in casualty levels.

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Senate Continues Process of Confirming Nominees for ICPC

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Today, the Nigerian Senate continued the process of confirming the appointment of the Chairman and Members of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission.
In a motion moved by the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, and seconded by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, the Senate sent the names of the 9 nominees to its Committee on Anti-Corruption for further screening.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, asked that the Committee report back to the full plenary in two-weeks.

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Senate Approves Appointment of Muiz Banire as Chairman of AMCON

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Today, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Mr. Banire, Muiz Adeyemi (Ph.D, SAN) for appointment as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in compliance with Section 10(1) of the AMCON Act of 2010.
The motion for consideration of the Report was moved by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, and seconded by Senator Suleiman Adokwe. The Senate then dissolved into the committee of the whole for the clause-by-clause consideration of the report of Mr. Banire’s appointment, whereafter the nomination was confirmed by the full plenary.

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Senate President Swears in 2 New Senators

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Distinguished Senator Lawal Gumuau from Bauchi South

Today, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, swore-in two new Senators. The Senators are Distinguished Senator Lawal Gumuau from Bauchi South and Distinguished Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita from Katsina North.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Distinguished Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita from Katsina North.

 

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Senate Continues Consideration of INEC 2019 Budget

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Today, the Senate continued consideration of the Executive Communication from President Muhammadu Buhari, on the Approval of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) 2019) election budget.
The motion for consideration was moved by Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, and seconded by Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, then referred the Executive Communication to the Senate Committee on INEC to report back on the next legislative day.

 

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NASS postpones resumption to October 9

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Clerk of the National Assembly, M. A. Sani- Omolori has announced the extension of the annual recess of lawmakers due to activities of the primaries of political parties.

Different political parties would be engaging in primaries to produce flag-bearers of elective positions for the 2019 elections.

The federal legislature was billed to resume on the 25th of September after over two months of break.

But a statement from Omolori declared the new resumption date to be Tuesday, 9th October.

The statement said “all distinguished Senators and Honourable members are expected to resume plenary session by 10 am on the 9th of October, please.”

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NASS Joint Committee Approves New Electoral Bill

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The National Assembly has produced another version of the electoral act amendment bill addressing concerns raised by president Muhammadu Buhari.

In the latest version which is the 4th in the series, the use of card reader is clearly spelt-out.
The document however eliminates the contentious issues of sequence of elections.

The joint committee on electoral act met for the second time in two days and at the end of the closed door session which lasted several hours, a decision was finally reached on the electoral act amendment bill 2018.
With the lawmakers coming up with what they believe is a clean version for presidential assent.
The latest version which the lawmakers hope would be their final copy is a blend of the older versions albeit with slight but significant amendments.
Quite notable is the outright removal of a poisonous clause on sequence of election.

The new version takes away from the national assembly the power to legislate on local government elections but restores section 138 c & d which explains the grounds on which elections can be challenged.
The new version may have finally rested the controversy over card reader with the lawmakers admitting that card reader was not included in the last version of the bill turned down by president Buhari.

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APC Asks Saraki To Reconvene National Assembly Now

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is hiding under the yet-to-be assented Electoral Act Amendment Bill to draw attention away from what it described as the treasonable actions of the senate president, Bukola Saraki who has refused to convene the National Assembly to consider at plenary the crucial 2019 election budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The All Progressives Congress therefore, insisted that the National Assembly must be convened immediately.
The party noted that the Electoral Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly was alive and awaiting assent noting that assent to bills in all democratic governments reflect the prudence and discretion of the president in balancing the powers of key constitutional bodies and understanding the concerns of the executive.
APC condemned what it regarded as the abuse of office by the senate president backed by his PDP cohorts in sabotaging the executive, specifically INEC.
The APC called on all Nigerians, civil society and the international community to resist the on-going travesty and legislative rascality being perpetuated by the senate president and the PDP, saying the sanctity of Nigeria’s electoral system is being threatened by the orchestrated sabotage and deliberate attempt to weaken INEC, as Nigeria prepares for general elections in 2019.

 

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Court halts Saraki from declaring Akpabio’s Seat Vacant

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An FCT High Court sitting in Bwari has restrained Senate President Bukola Saraki from declaring the seat of former Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, vacant.

Justice Othman Musa on Wednesday also ordered Saraki not to impede Senator Akpabio’s access to the Senate building or take any action aimed at “overreaching his privileges and rights as a Senator pending the determination of the originating Summons of the applicant.”

Justice Musa ordered service of the originating Summons and other processes on Saraki through either the Clerk of the National Assembly, Clerk of the Senate or any other Clerk or reasonable staff of the National Assembly at the Assembly complex.
The orders were made after an ex parte application by Akpabio’s lawyers, Chikaosolu Ojukwu and Ebere Ahanonu, seeking to stop moves to declare his seat vacant following his defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The suit has been adjourned to August 29 for further hearing.
See the court papers:

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Leke Baiyewu

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